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"Impossible" tribunal restrictions overturned

A bid to impose a series of reporting restrictions at an industrial tribunal has been successfully blocked by The Northern Echo. Editor Peter Barron said they would have been “draconian restrictions” which would have made the reporting of the case

Christmas came early for Hannah

A little girl with a severe facial disfigurement is facing a brighter future thanks to an incredible response to an appeal by The Northern Echo. Hannah Maxwell-Jones, from Middlesbrough, suffers from a rare compound haemangioma – or tumour of the

Help for dying miners thanks to the Echo

Industry Minister Helen Liddell announced a fast-track system for paying compensation to dying miners on the day The Northern Echo handed her a 12,000-signature petition calling for action. The move came a month after the newspaper organised a public meeting

Secrecy victory for Echo

A council is to announce a U-turn over secrecy following a campaign by The Northern Echo for more open local government. Darlington Borough Council was accused of diluting democracy last May when it launched an experimental cabinet-style system, with members

Preserving railway heritage

A centenary newspaper supplement from 75 years ago is being recreated for a 175th anniversary of railway heritage. The facsimile edition of The Northern Echo’s Railway Centenary Supplement, which originally sold for one shilling, is now on sale at £6.99.

Echo campaign paved the way for change

Far-reaching changes to the National Health Service – announced by Health Secretary Alan Milburn – have been hailed by the Northern Echo as the biggest revolution in health care since the NHS was founded in 1948. It was just over

New law forces media move

A talking newspaper for the blind has been given a new home – thanks to The Northern Echo. The charity, which serves Darlington and surrounding villages, records its news at a council-run arts centre in Darlington but will have to

Echo backs campaign to preserve theatre

A campaign to raise more than £1m to preserve one of Britain’s most historic and unusual theatres is being backed by the Northern Echo. Trustees at the Georgian Theatre in Richmond are aiming to carry out an extensive restoration project

Double jeopardy move

A campaign launched last year by The Northern Echo to scrap the “double jeopardy” rule in exceptional cases has taken a significant step forward. A long-awaited report by the powerful Law Commission has backed the calls for a fundamental change

Northern Echo comes out fighting

Page 1 of 2 The Northern Echo has helped put together a last-ditch package aimed atsaving the 160-year-old Teesside steel industry. For the past two weeks, the paper has been campaigning to persuade Corus to review its decision to axe

Press recognition for environment groups

People working to preserve the environment in the North East are to be honoured by the local press. The Northern Echo is launching its Making a Difference award for the third year to reward any group or individual with a

Parental fears could halt festive pictures

Worries over identifying children at school in press photos could lead to some festive news being left off the pages of local newspapers. Some regional papers are asking mums, dads and guardians whether their Christmas plays and other events can

Newspaper staff come in for praise at excellence awards

Northern Echo editor Peter Barron is among eight senior staff singled out for praise for their exceptional accomplishments at the 2005 Newsquest Excellence Awards. The awards recognise achievement by people who have performed in a demanding and competitive environment. The

Northern Echo is named Newspaper of the Year

The Northern Echo is the new North East Newspaper of the Year – and its reporters received a series of individual trophies at this year’s Tom Cordner North East Press Awards ceremony. Commenting on the main award, judges from around